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Old 08-04-2018, 04:32 PM
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Just looked thru the shots of the "incident", and just glad you're OK! As said, could have been in a worse place, and a tougher fence! lol Keep at it, you'll be back in action in no time!
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OK thanks for getting back to me, funny I'm on vacation in Palm Bay Fl.
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[QUOTE=chuckd71;19330185]Here we are again, motor is back out of the car. Transmission is coming out tomorrow but today I managed to get the Holley oil pan and new steam vents on. Also made some wooden stands to get the car up high enough to work under.






Picked up some Planted seat brackets and it looks like with a little bit of modification they should work out okay, letting me move the seats out far enough to get the Camaro console in and the seat recentered behind the steering wheel. The driver's side bracket I bought is for a Chevelle, but this passenger one is for a Civic; the only difference is in the feet, so if you can weld you might as well save some cash and pick them up dirt cheap used on ebay.



Chuck, I have been following your build which Gave me the confidence to attempt the swap on my car. I am also trying to use the same seats you did in your car. What year passenger seat mount did you use? Also is the driver mount just a Chevelle bucket seat mount, Iím a little confused on what you used on the driver side?
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Here we are again, motor is back out of the car. Transmission is coming out tomorrow but today I managed to get the Holley oil pan and new steam vents on. Also made some wooden stands to get the car up high enough to work under.






Picked up some Planted seat brackets and it looks like with a little bit of modification they should work out okay, letting me move the seats out far enough to get the Camaro console in and the seat recentered behind the steering wheel. The driver's side bracket I bought is for a Chevelle, but this passenger one is for a Civic; the only difference is in the feet, so if you can weld you might as well save some cash and pick them up dirt cheap used on ebay.



Chuck, I have been following your build which Gave me the confidence to attempt the swap on my car. I am also trying to use the same seats you did in your car. What year passenger seat mount did you use? Also is the driver mount just a Chevelle bucket seat mount, Iím a little confused on what you used on the driver side?
I was also wondering why did you use the civic bracket versus the planted Chevelle passenger side bracket since they make both? Also did you have make additional holes in the seat brackets to mount the BMW seats? Do you have any additional pictures of the seats mounted to the brackets?
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:12 PM
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I got a civic bracket super cheaply on ebay and have a welder so no real reason to spend the extra $$$ in this case.
I don't have any more pictures on me, but I'm going to be pulling and selling the seats in a couple weeks and can take some more pictures when I do. Don't recall making any new holes but don't take that as gospel. I have bolts running through both the seat rails (the heads of the bolts I used fit between the seat tracks so it still slides all the way up / back) and the bracket.
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Just looked thru the shots of the "incident", and just glad you're OK! As said, could have been in a worse place, and a tougher fence! lol Keep at it, you'll be back in action in no time!
Yeah, it could've sucked. I found a shop here in Florida and had an insurance adjuster come by and look at the car on a lift. He also went back and added a bunch to the exterior damages that weren't addressed before and the insurance co has apparently signed off on it. Have to drop the car off in a couple weeks. From what I understand they are replacing spindle, control arms, spoiler, etc etc and having someone come in to rewrap the hood. We'll see how it goes I guess.

Once I get the car back I'll slap on the Hooker swap headers and Wilwood FNSL6s that have been sitting on the shelf.

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OK thanks for getting back to me, funny I'm on vacation in Palm Bay Fl.
I've got the car back now and will try to get that bolt measured this weekend. Keep getting off work too late to mess with things during the week.
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Nothing crazy happening, the car has been in the shop for almost two weeks now and apparently it's a bigger job than we initially thought. Bumper is pushed back into the front clip on one side and the driver's front fender is getting pinched when you open the door. Total repair cost is getting close to what I originally paid for the car, but insurance is covering it and I've been keeping it insured for the last decade or so that it has just sat in a garage, so I guess it all evens out in the end. Amica has been great so far.

In the meantime I've picked up some new seats to replace these BMW ones. The BMW ones are fine and I like them, but Morris just came out with these and I'm going to give them a try. They are making me some in charcoal which should be done by the time I get the car. https://www.morrisclassic.com/collec...int-seat-belts


These are the seats I'm going to try, they are from a mid-90 300zx. They are comfortable, they tilt forward and the driver's side is power. Fairly cheap as well. Not sure how they will work out but they are worth a shot just for something different.



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So it's been at the shop for three months and after not doing **** for 2.5 of those months, this is as far as they've gotten. Everyone at this place is really nice but I'm trying to get my car fixed, not talk about unrelated bullshit, so based on my experience thus far I wouldn't recommend taking anything to them (I'll wait until I get my car back before I post the name of the place, maybe they'll redeem themselves and it's possible I'm just in a bad mood because they are dragging ***). They haven't ordered the suspension parts yet, and they didn't even try to keep the body prep dust out of my interior or top. Pretty pathetic, but I'm pretty much stuck here at this point. I'm not really a "get mad" kind of guy, but dealing with these people borders on impossible; nobody ever has anything resembling an answering regarding what is going on or what their plan is, it's just sort of a clown circus every time I stop by. Anyway, some progress is better than no progress I guess.



The Morris belts came, and while they look good I'm not certain if they will fit with the Fesler panels. I suspect I might be able to have the brackets rebent a bit, but if not I'll likely have to return them. Not the best pictures (hard to hold this stuff with one hand and keep phone in the other) but you can get the idea. The metal bracket mounts to the convertible top base bracket, then the retractor mounts on the floor between the seat and door where the original lap belt was. As per their reputation, the customer service was great and the quality (like the price) is very high. Whether they are worth the cost is not something I hope to ever test.






The 3.20 gear in the rear of the car is okay but not great, and I feel it might be a tad too numerically low for use with a T-56, even the wide-ration version I'm running. I'm thinking these 3.70:1 gears will liven things up around town. I wanted something made here in the States and from what I gather US Gear is what Strange uses so with any luck these will be solid, quiet(ish) gears.



If there is a bright side to the car delay it's that I've been able to clean my disaster of a garage. I got lucky at Lowe's and scored this setup for $275. Tons of room for pretty much all of my non-power tools, plus the headers-in-waiting and their way overpriced connector pipes (pipes that I still have to rent an expander to use). At least I got the tubes on sale, during an ebay bucks promo, with discount gift cards from Samsung Pay and using ebates, which together knocked about 36% off the price. Every little bit helps.







I'm also going to replace this loose, poorly-fitting shifter boot:


With this sweet Ring Brothers one I of course scored on ebay. I haven't tried to test fit it yet, but I would think getting it place shouldn't be a huge deal. The billet will match my door handles and the a/c vents, and I think it'll be one of the small details that ties things together.



And finally, in keeping with the theme of reusing things sourced from the salvage yard, I picked up some door armrests from an 80s Mitsubishi pickup. It was hard finding some with flat backs that might potentially work with my door panels. The Fesler armrests are stupid expensive and don't even come covered, so I'm hoping to avoid needing them. I'm out of leather, so I found some approximately the right shape in a 2014(?) Volvo. The leather unzips and the backing was easy to pull out. These pieces were the rear seat side bolsters, and I'm thinking that with a little trimming I can line that stitch up so it'll look like it was custom made. For ~$6 it doesn't hurt to try.




Fingers crossed my next post will be sometime in the next 6 months with fixed, painted and clean car.

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